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May 22, 2013

Prepare or Go Under: Rutgers University Report Warns Without Investments, Shore Homes Will Still Be Storm Targets. According to a new report from Rutgers University focusing on Ocean County's economic risks from climate change, many shore communities are likely to face similar economic consequences left behind by Hurricane Sandy in the future if improvements are not made to residential and public infrastructure. Although the costs may seem high for improvements like elevating homes, improving drainage systems and wave barriers, and restoring wetlands to act as storm buffers, the long term costs of not taking such actions are potentially much higher. The report was written by a team of Rutgers researchers led by economic geographer and CECI affiliate Robin Leichenko.

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